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Tips for Maintaining Healthful New Year’s Intentions

In January, we move away from the bright lights and the over-indulgence of holiday festivities. We gather our thoughts and reflect on the past year. What did we accomplish? Where do we go from here? What do we want to do this year? Now is the time to organize thoughts, dreams, and wishes for the year ahead. Make your New Year Intentions clear and doable. Set yourself up for success by creating the space and time you’ll need, and supply yourself with the right tools for each intention.

One of my intentions for 2016 is to find unique products that combine beauty, utility & sustainability and share them with my world family. My other three intentions are listed below along with the tools I’ve found to support my success.

cork yoga mat and wheel 

Intention #1: Create Sacred Space

When I lived in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, I had a gorgeous Ayurveda & Yoga studio 3 miles from the beach. It was clutter-free, organized and beautiful at my studio all the time. Because of that, I stuck to my daily yoga and meditation practice with ease. Then I moved west and began traveling so much that I fell out of the habit of daily in–home practice. Instead, I turned to the gym—cycling and the occasional yoga/Pilates class.

In October, when I solidified my decision to drop root in Southern Oregon, I created a practice space but was also using it as an office. Papers, bills and half written articles piled up quickly, distracting me from my yoga-mediation practice and made me think of work. This year, my main lifestyle intention is create a sacred space (not just practice space) in which I will want to practice yoga and meditation daily.

To do so, I’ve taken everything out of my office/yoga room except my mats, alter, cushions, and clock. I also supplied myself with a gorgeous Sacred Geometry natural cork yoga mat ($149) and natural cork yoga wheel ($119) from Yoloha. I love the way my hands and feet feel on this creamy handmade eco-friendly mat and how the wheel cradles my back when I rest in heart-opening back bends. I feel good about having them in my sacred space as they are truly made with and emanate love. The cork used to make Yoloha mats and props is natural, renewable, recyclable and obtained sustainably through hand-stripping the cork tree bark only once every nine years. None of the cork is wasted in the process, and the trees live up to 300 years. These beautiful new tools are my 2016 yoga practice essentials and make me want to practice longer and stay present. Thanks Yoloha!

vegan journal 

Intention #2: Write Morning Pages & Journal Daily

For most of my life I have enjoyed journaling. I like looking back over the years and remembering what I was thinking and writing about in detail in 2002, 2010 and so on. It’s a good gauge of growth and my very own historical document. This year in addition to journaling, my second lifestyle intention is to write three pages every morning immediately upon waking, as Julia Cameron (author of The Artist’s Way) recommends for blocked artists.

The tool I found to support this intention is a handmade vegan journal by Tremundo, a small, artist-owned company in South Carolina. These unique mixed media, original art, handcrafted journals are true inspiration for morning pages and for general creating. The Base of Change Journal ($30) is shown here.

communication mala 

Intention #3: Communicate Clearly with Love & Respect

My communication goals vary daily, however the theme remains the same: be clear, loving and respectful.

The Clear Communications Mala by Erica Fullen Designs ($168) is exactly the tool I need to remind me to stick to this one, my third lifestyle intention, all year long.  Artist, healer and mother, Erica Fullen uses color and the power of setting intentions to create her full line of chakra inspired jewelry to “enhance and balance within.” When I put this mala on, I state my communication goals for the day. One day it might be to call a family member and give them my full attention; the next day it might be to draft an article and send a pitch to an editor. The physical act of placing the mala around my neck and over my heart reminds me of these goals until they are complete. The Power of Today is enhanced with this beautiful tool. Thank you Erica Fullen! I can feel the love.

Have you taken time to set your New Year Intentions? Care to share? Leave a comment or email me, I’d love to hear yours. Love to my world family and Happy New Year. Make it your best ever, I’m cheering you on!

Shar VedaShar Veda, Southern Oregon’s Premier Alternative Therapist, offers deep healing through loving touch and compassionate counsel. She is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor & Health Educator, yoga therapist and herbalist. Shar has been blessed to study with leading teachers in Ayurveda, Yoga, and herbalism for 20 years. However, it was her adopted grandma, Doe (English-American and Blackfoot Native), who instilled within her profound appreciation for the supreme power of loving touch, healing arts, and world family. Visit her website for a video, full bio, and photos or find her on Facebook!